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Budget 2016 will increase the tax on tobacco by 10 per cent on 1 January each year for the next four years, Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox say. “Raising the price of tobacco is the single most...

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The Government is phasing out a subsidy in the Emissions Trading Scheme that allows some businesses to pay one emissions unit for every two tonnes of pollution they emit, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says. The one-for-two subsidy was a temporary...

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The roll-out of a national bowel screening programme is on track to begin in 2017, Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says. The Budget invests $39.3 million over four years for national bowel screening – starting with Hutt Valley and Wairarapa...

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The Budget invests heavily in core justice services, with $208.4 million in additional funding over the next four years. It's the largest increase to Justice and Courts in almost a decade, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams says. “This...

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The Budget will enable our security agencies to remain effective in a rapidly-evolving security environment, NZSIS and GCSB Minister Christopher Finlayson says. The New Zealand Intelligence Community will receive new operating and capital funding of...

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The Budget establishes a two-year trial to streamline border processing for low-risk travellers and traders, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner say. “The Government is investing $1.6 million of operating funding...

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The Budget will help ensure New Zealanders are better prepared for natural disasters by providing an extra $6.1 million of operating funding over the next four years and $63,000 of new capital funding for the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management...

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Budget 2016 will allocate $6.4 million of new operating funding over four years for Pacific peoples initiatives, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. Funding for Vote Pacific Peoples is at its highest level with $9.9 million allocated in...

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UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne describes this year's Budget 2016 as “pretty boring”. He says despite the lack of excitement, the Budget deserves credit for its focus on health, vulnerable families, and more effective social investment,...

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Low income earners have been given a boost with the Government spending $4.2 million of operating funding over four years to support more low-income families access low and no-interest loans says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. Under the Community...

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